Myofascial Release and Chronic Pain

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Myofascial Release is a hands-on bodywork technique that can help in reducing chronic pain and improve range of motion.  It accomplishes this by utilizing gentle sustained pressure into tight restricted muscles and fascia (connective tissue).

“Tight inflexible fascial restrictions can pull on muscles and other structures with up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch, causing pain, tension, and limited mobility.”

John Barnes

Myofascial Release can relieve not only temporary tightness but also long-held tension and chronic pain. I credit Myofascial release with helping me to heal my chronic neck pain.

I suffered from chronic neck pain for more than 10 years; the result of an ice-skating accident that occurred when I was 8 years old. My neck pain and restrictions became a problem more than 30 years after the whiplash accident. I was in constant discomfort or pain with my neck. When I slept with the wrong pillow, I would wake up with migraine headaches that would sometimes last all day.

My neck injury was the inspiration for my change of career. It led me to study Jin Shin Do® acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy and finally Myofascial Release. All these therapies have helped me on my healing journey, but I credit Myofascial Release with helping to heal my chronic neck pain.

I still must have the right orthopedic pillow, but I no longer wake up with migraines if I sleep badly. I would recommend Myofascial Release to anyone who suffers from chronic structural pain. It is amazing how good you can feel in your body at any age.